Neumbo elected Swapo candidate for Otjiwarongo by-election

26 May 2015 09:20am
OTJIWARONGO, 26 MAY (NAMPA) – Retired Karundu Primary School principal, Julius Neumbo was on Monday elected as the Swapo-Party candidate for the Otjiwarongo regional constituency by-election set for 09 July this year.
Neumbo received the majority of the votes at an extra-ordinary conference for the Otjiwarongo district at Swapo’s regional office in Otjiwarongo on Monday.
The Otjozondjupa regional Swapo-Party coordinator, Susan Hikopua told Nampa in an interview shortly after the election that three candidates – Neumbo, Lukas Hifitikeko and Marlay Sharlay Mbakera - contested the internal election.
Neumbo obtained 48 votes; while Hifitikeko received four and Mbakera withdrew her candidature shortly before the election.
Hikopua said two ballot papers were spoiled.
Fifty-four delegates from 11 branches forming the Otjiwarongo district participated in the election.
Hikopua noted that eight candidates were initially suggested to her office by different branches.
Of the eight, three withdrew in the initial stages, while two others did not meet all the requirements.
“Neumbo, Hifitikeko and Mbakera were therefore left in the race,” she said.
Hikopua supervised the voting and counting of ballot papers in the presence of the Swapo-Party vice-chairperson of the national leaders assigned to the region, Professor Peter Katjavivi.
Another Swapo-Party national leader assigned to the region, Juliet Kavetuna was present, as was Otjozondjupa regional governor Otto Ipinge, and the Swapo-Party’s Otjozondjupa regional acting mobilisation officer, Steve Biko Boois.
Hikopua declared the elections free, fair and transparent.
Neumbo is expected to be registered at the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN)’s Otjozondjupa regional office as the sole Swapo-Party candidate for the by-election on Wednesday.
The Otjiwarongo by-election was necessitated by the appointment of former Otjiwarongo Constituency regional councillor, Otto Ipinge as Otjozondjupa regional governor in April this year.
He replaced former Otjozondjupa regional governor Samuel Nuuyoma, who retired.